Father and son die in rafting accident

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A father and son are dead following a rafting accident in Pueblo.

According to the police department, the victims were rafting down the Arkansas River near City Park in Pueblo when they went over a dam. Police say both were ejected from the raft and forced underwater by the strong currents. Moments later the raft resurfaced, but the two got tangled in the ropes. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The two had life vests on.

A third person in the raft survived.

The Pueblo County Coroner identified the victims as 46-year-old Ricardo Valencia Sanchez and 16-year-old Jose Louis Valencia of Aurora.

One woman witnessed the tragic event.

"It was so scary. It was terrible," Cortney Arellano said. "Just that current -- like that's what took that guy's poor life. Like, I'm sure he knew how to swim and stuff ... but, yeah, literally it took him away."

A spokesperson for the Pueblo Police Department told 11 News the dam in that area is a constant problem. They ask people to be extremely cautious if they're around it.

Four people have drowned in Pueblo in the past two weeks, including two Fort Carson soldiers who died in separate swimming accidents on the same day.